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Re: [ontolog-forum] More by and about Turing

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From: "Obrst, Leo J." <lobrst@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:05:51 +0000
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Glad to see Turing was a nascent poet.    (01)

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>I followed up some of the references in Soare's article to the
>following article by Andrew Hodges in 2004 -- the 50th anniversary
>of Turing's death.  He has further discussion of Turing's views
>about computability and the many interpretations since then:
>    http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/ewic_tur04_paper1.pdf
>    Alan Turing: the logical and physical basis of computing
>The concluding paragraph raises some intriguing research issues:
>> What Turing analysed to such great effect in 1936 was the idea of doing
>> finitely many things at a time - but those words 'doing', 'finite',
>> 'thing', 'at', 'a', 'time', apparently so simple, are far from clear
>> at the level of fundamental physics. It is not just the relationship
>> between the integers and the reals that is involved: far more subtle
>> features of the complex numbers and analytic functions seem to enter
>> in an essential way into physical reality, for reasons which are far
>> from clear. Alan Turing's last postcard (Turing 1954b) - which should
>> not be taken as the thesis of any church! - is an appropriate ending.
>> Or perhaps it is a starting-point for the next fifty years:
>> Hyperboloids of wondrous Light
>> Rolling for aye through Space and Time
>> Harbour those waves that somehow Might
>> Play out God's holy pantomime.
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